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Meteos explains how undefeated Cloud9 have moved “miles ahead” in the LCS

Published: 27/Feb/2020 7:14 Updated: 27/Feb/2020 12:38

by Isaac McIntyre


Cloud9 may not have locked the top spot in the LCS just yet, but according to 100 Thieves jungler and former C9 star William ‘Meteos’ Hartman, there’s not a lot the rest of the league can do against the unstoppable leaders.

With five rounds in the books in the Spring season so far, Cloud9 sit undefeated atop the LCS standings with a 10–0 record, three full victories clear of FlyQuest, and four above the roster they’re most concerned about, Team SoloMid.

There’s no secret recipe to the pacesetter’s ten-match winning streak, however, former LCS champion Meteos explained — in fact, the former C9 champion said, what they’ve done so far in Spring has been fairly easy to track.

To figure out exactly what makes his former team tick in their ongoing title tilt, Hartman went all the way back to the start of the League of Legends offseason as he dissected the league leaders in a post-match interview with Travis Gafford.

According to the jungler, who lost to the rampaging Cloud9 squad all the way back in Week 2, the roster’s in-built chemistry from a limited amount of offseason moves is one of the major factors behind their explosive start to the year.

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Cloud9 have been imperious so far in 2020, and now sit atop of the LCS ladder with 10 wins to their name.

“I think it’s kind of the same at the beginning of every split, most teams are rebuilding, and then generally the teams that don’t change as many pieces are the ones that do well, at least at the beginning, because of that chemistry,” he said.

The undefeated roster did make a few swaps in the offseason though. The biggest transfer was dumping seven-year veteran Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi, who moved into streaming after being punted for TSM bot laner Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen.

Zven was paired with rising Canadian star Philippe ‘Vulcan’ Laflamme, while reigning league MVP Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen was lured away by newcomers Evil Geniuses. Breakout talent Robert ‘Blaber’ Huang replaced the outgoing Dane.

While it seems like a lot on paper though, Meteos pointed to just the bot lane changes as the most “drastic” swaps. Blaber had already been splitting time with Svenskeren during most of 2019, and had spent two seasons with the org already.

“Cloud9 did make a lot of changes, but it’s still a lot of the same players. Blaber was splitting time, they had Licorice and Nisqy, and they just added a really good bot. Because of that, C9 is looking miles ahead of everyone else now,” he said.

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The signing of TSM’s AD carry Zven boosted Cloud9 to another level — the Great Dane boasts a 39.6 KDA after ten games.

The “in-sync” nature of their 2020 campaign has led to another feather in the cap of the team aiming to clinch a perfect LCS season — because everyone clicks so well, the team has been able to play a rapid-pace “really aggressive” style.

“Their laners all seem really good, and they’re all really in-sync with what’s going on… they have a similar playstyle every game, they have a pushing bot lane, and their bot lane almost always wins,” Meteos explained.

Just because they have a very standard style of play, which most LCS teams have clued into by now — Blaber takes dragon at five minutes, the team rotates to Herald at eight, and they aim dragons “on spawn” — Meteos admits it’s hard to stop.

“Between all of their plans, they’re just looking for every fight they can take. They don’t worry about losing a fight, they’ve never opted not to fight. They just play aggressively, and they get advantages through lane as well,” he added.

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Knowing how their path to victory is not the same as knowing how to beat them, Meteos said of his former team.

Meteos and 100 Thieves still have time to figure out how to beat C9, however, considering they don’t face the league leaders again until Week 8. 

This weekend 100T face Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid. Both teams are sitting at 4–6 so far, and have failed to fire despite boasting stars like Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik, Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng, and Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen in their ranks.

Meanwhile, Cloud9 continue their campaign to clinch the perfect 18–0 regular season with high-stakes matches against FlyQuest (7–3) and Dignitas (5–5).

League of Legends

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Shock results for DWG Kia and T1

Published: 21/Jan/2021 15:10 Updated: 21/Jan/2021 15:13

by Lauren Bergin


League of Legends’ LCK 2021 Spring Split is underway! Ten Korean teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs. Here’s the stream, schedule & standings to keep you in the loop!

  • T1 continue to falter after being beaten 1 – 2 by Gen.G.
  • And insane turn of events see World Champions DWG Kia fall to Fredit BRION.
  • Gen.G still undefeated.

As the region currently holding the Summoner’s Cup, the LCK is brimming with talent in 2021. Throughout the course of the ten-week season (January 13 – March 28), teams will be battling for their place in the Spring Playoffs on March 31.

Over $3.6 million is up for grabs in 2021’s Spring Split, as reigning world champs DAMWON Kia look to stamp authority on their region. Here’s everything you need to stay up-to-date.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LCK streams live on its official Twitch channel, as well as on Missed some of the action? Catch-up on both platforms within 24 hours of the game’s conclusion.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule.

Week 1 results (January 13 – January 17)

Date Match  PT ET GMT 
January 13 Gen.G 2 – 0 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
T1 2 – 1 Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 14 Nongshim RedForce 2 – 1 Liiv SANDBOX 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2 – 1 Afreeca Freecs 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 15 Fredit BRION 0 – 2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 2 – 1 T1 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 16 Liiv SANDBOX 0-2 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Hanwha Life Esports 2-1 DRX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 17 Nongshim RedForce 0-2 DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Afreeca Freecs 2-0 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

Week 2 schedule (January 20 – January 24)

Date Match PT ET GMT
January 20 Liiv SANDBOX 2-0 Afreeca Freecs 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2-1 Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 21 T1 1-2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 0-2 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 22 KT Rolster vs Hanwha Life Esports 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX vs Liiv SANDBOX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 23 Afreeca Freecs vs DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Fredit BRION vs Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 24 KT Rolster vs T1 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Gen.G vs Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below are how each team places in the current standings, as Gen.G Esports lead the pack with a flawless record.

Placements Team Series  Games
1 Gen.G Esports 3-0 6-1
2 DRX 2-1 5-4
3 DWG Kia 2-1 4-3
4 Hanwha Life Esports 1-1 3-3
5 KT Rolster 1-1 2-2
6 Liiv SANDBOX 1-2 3-4
7 T1 1-2 4-5
8 Afreeca Freecs 1-2 3-4
9 Nongshim RedForce 1-2 3-5
10 Fredit BRION 1-2 2-4

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Afreeca Freecs Kiin Dread Fly Bang Lehends
DWG Kia Khan Canyon ShowMaker Ghost BeryL
DRX Kingen Pyosik SOLKA Bao Becca
Fredit BRION Hoya UmTi Lava Hena Delight
Gen.G Rascal Clid Bdd Ruler Life
Hanwha Life Esports Morgan Arthur Chovy Deft Vsta
KT Rolster Doran Bonnie Ucal HyBriD Zzus
Liiv SANDBOX Summit Croco FATE Route Effort
Nongshim RedForce Rich Peanut Bay deokdam Kellin
T1 Canna Ellim Faker, Clozer Gumayusi Keria